Romance

Luiz Barbosa

Ref. ava141259

Romance

Romance” was written in 1916 and dedicated to Miss Ema Coimbra, at the time a pupil of the composer, and to whom he became married in 1921.

 

As at the time, in Portugal, it would have been considered an impertinence to call a piece "Romance" and dedicate it to a pupil, the composer did not dare give the work a title. Instead, he placed a question mark on the top of the page. This question mark represented question he could not ask directly due to ethical reasons. Luiz Barbosa wanted very much to know if his feelings were reciprocal. The strength of his feelings for her were quite obvious as the dedication the composer wrote on the top left of the violin page leaves no room for doubt.